Perhaps after honing your skills in the previous two days, you’re keen to get ahold of some data, or to have a tinker in some of the platforms for digital research. Well, I’m going to roll call several federally funded projects, and I encourage you to come talk to me afterwards, to follow the (very) few links I put up, or at least search for some of the institutions that I name here.
I just so happen to work for an NCRIS facility. A show of hands, who knows what NCRIS is? NCRIS is a A federally funded national network of world-class research infrastructure projects, supporting high quality research for around 40,000 researchers every year. If you are a researcher in one of the focus areas covered by NCRIS, you may well already be using an NCRIS Facility. If you are, then this talk may be less for you.
Currently there are 27 projects across a broad range of disciplines, which, to summarise, cover the following 9 focus areas. [read out the list] If you are researcher in one of these areas and you don’t know about the NCRIS facility or facilities in your areas, then I encourage you to look them up following the link below. All have excellent resources, tools and support. Many provide physical infrastructure, but some also provide datasets of varying sizes, and digital tools or platforms for further research based on these data. Again, maybe you’re not a researcher in these areas but you’d like to muck around with some large datasets to practice your programming skills. This is one place that you can look. Want to see what genomic data looks like? Have a look at Bioplatform Australia’s data portal. Want to draw some maps? Have a look at AURIN.
One of the NCRIS facilities, (to pick one at random...), is the Australian Research Data Cloud, provides virtual laboratories in a number of domains. These are available through http://nectar.org.au for now. The Nectar website, has a standard page for each VL that describes, in plain language, who is it for? what it does, and how to access it. Notable mentions are the Science Clouds: Marine, Ecology, and BioSciences. Many of these VLs are playgrounds of data and tools. You don’t have to have a PhD to go in there and have a look around, all you need is a university account (or AAF credentials).
Finally, to go trawling for datasets, let me recommend three aggregators of datasets: [read out the list]
Ncris and the virtual labs
NCRIS and the Virtual Laboratories
A lightning tour
Dr Tom Honeyman • NSW Outreach Officer
Australian Research Data Commons (formerly ANDS, RDS and
NeCTAR), an NCRIS Facility
A national network of world-class research infrastructure
projects that support high-quality research that will drive
greater innovation in the Australian research sector and the
economy more broadly
NCRIS supports approximately 40,000 users each year
NCRIS - Summary
27 facilities supporting research across 9 focus areas:
1. Advanced Physics and Astronomy
2. Complex Biology
3. Digital Data and eResearch Platforms
4. Earth and Environmental Systems
6. Therapeutic Development
7. Platforms for HASS
8. Advanced Fabrication & Manufacturing
Virtual Labs and Science Clouds
Domain-oriented online environments
that draw together research data,
models, analysis tools and workflows to
support collaborative research across
institutional and discipline boundaries.
What domains do they support?
● Life Sciences
● Social Sciences
Explore the VLs
● Knowledge Network:
● Research Data Australia: